MV Black Manta Schedule

SCHEDULE 2010-2011
Code Days/Nights Destination Start End Dives
November 2010
BM 02 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 23.11.2010 27.11.2010 14
BM 03 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 28.11.2010 02.12.2010 14
December 2010
BM 04 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 03.12.2010 07.12.2010 14
BM 05 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 08.12.2010 12.12.2010 14
BM 06 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 13.12.2010 17.12.2010 14
BM 07 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 18.12.2010 22.12.2010 14
BM XMAS 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 23.12.2010 28.12.2010 18
BM NY 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 29.12.2010 02.01.2011 14
January 2011
BM 11 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 0801.2011 12.01.2011 14
BM 12 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 13.01.2011 17.01.2011 14
BM 13 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 18.01.2011 22.01.2011 14
BM 14 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 23.01.2011 27.01.2011 14
BM 15 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 28.01.2011 01.02.2011 14
February 2011
BM CNY 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 02.02.2011 06.02.2011 14
BM 17 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 07.02.2011 11.02.2011 14
BM 18 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 12.02.2011 16.02.2011 14
BM 19 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 17.02.2011 21.02.2011 14
BM 20 5 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 22.02.2011 26.02.2011 14
BM 21 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 27.02.2011 03.03.2011 14
March 2011
BM 22 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 04.03.2011 08.03.2011 14
BM 23 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 09.03.2011 13.03.2011 14
BM 24 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 14.03.2011 18.03.2011 14
BM 25 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 19.03.2011 23.03.2011 14
BM 26 4 D / 4 N Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 24.03.2011 28.03.2011 14

Inclusive 2-way transfers on trip departure and arrival days: Airport or Khao Lak & any Phuket destination (excluding Cape
Panwa) for Thap Lamu departures. Any transfers outside our regular schedule, or from Khao Lak if the boat departs from
Phuket, may be arranged at extra cost.

Early arrivals on departure day may standby at the airport at Burger King Restaurant or Bill Bentley Pub. Early transfer
to the boat is possible; however; we prefer for guests to kill time in Khao Lak whilst we make any relevant late
preparations for the trip.

Late arrivals on departure day: We can wait until Midnight on departure day; after this time we will arrange transfer via
another boat the next day at extra cost.
Early departures may be arranged at the operators’ discretion and at extra cost.
Please ensure all guest luggage is clearly name tagged. All luggages may be taken on board.
Large items not required on the trip may be stored in your hotel or White Manta Office.

 

 

Boulder City

Boulder city is named after the massive boulders found around the heart of the site. Some of them are more than 25 meters tall and draw the outline of an amazingly rich in aquatic life dive environment.

Boulder City Similan Islands Map Islands 1 2 3As your liveaboard scuba diving adventures take you to the open ocean, you find that the currents around this area become quite strong. Nevertheless, for an experienced scuba diver it will be a breeze to let the currents guide you over the dive site.

In between these massive boulders you will encounter all kinds of colorful marine life. If you find you want further excitement, simply step out of the protection of the boulders and allow the currents to sweep you off your fins.

Other famous dive sites in this area include Shark Fin Reef and East of Eden, where you can snorkel and dive to your heart’s content.

 

Boulder City Dive Site Details

Live Aboard Similan Islands Boulder City - Manta Ray feeding

Recommended live aboard diver certification: Advanced Diver or higher

Maximum depth: 40 meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Visibility: 20+ meters

Divesite marine life: Different kinds of Stingrays, Mantas, Big Groupers, Angelfish, Unicorn fish, Puffers, Snappers and, last but not least, White-Tip Sharks.

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Scuba Adventure Schedule

SCHEDULE 2010-2011My

SIMILANS, KOH BON, KOH TACHAI & RICHELIEU ROCK CRUISE
4 Days / 4 Nights – 14 Dives
5 Days / 5 Nights – 18 Dives**
November to May
– Depart 5.00 pm – Return 5.30 pm

CRUISE NUMBER DEPARTURE 5 PM # DAYS RETURNS 5.30 PM DESTINATION
SA60/10 14. Nov 10 4D/4N 18. Nov 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA61/10 19. Nov 10 4D/4N 23. Nov 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA62/10 24. Nov 10 4D/4N 28. Nov 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA63/10 30. Nov 10 4D/4N 04. Dec 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA65/10 08. Dec 10 4D/4N 12. Dec 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA66/10 14. Dec 10 4D/4N 18. Dec 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA68/10 22. Dec 10 4D/4N 26. Dec 10 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA69/10 28. Dec 10 5D/5N 02. Jan 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA1/11 04. Jan 11 5D/4N 08. Jan 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA3/11 12. Jan 11 4D/4N 16. Jan 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA4/11 18. Jan 11 4D/4N 22. Jan 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA6/11 26. Jan 11 4D/4N 30. Jan 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA7/11 01. Feb 11 4D/4N 05. Feb 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA9/11 09. Feb 11 4D/4N 13. Feb 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA10/11 15. Feb 11 4D/4N 19. Feb 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA12/11 23. Feb 11 4D/4N 27. Feb 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA13/11 01. Mar 11 4D/4N 05. Mar 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA15/11 09. Mar 11 4D/4N 13. Mar 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA16/11 15. Mar 11 4D/4N 19. Mar 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA18/11 23. Mar 11 4D/4N 27. Mar 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA19/11 29. Mar 11 4D/4N 02. Apr 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA21/11 04. Apr 11 4D/4N 10. Apr 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA22/11 12. Apr 11 4D/4N 16. Apr.11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA24/11 21. Apr.11 4D/4N 25. Apr.11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA25/11 26. Apr.11 4D/4N 30. Apr.11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock
SA27/11 04. Mai 11 4D/4N 08. Mai 11 Sim/Sur/Richelieu Rock

HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG CRUISE
3 Days / 3 Nights – 10 Dives
December to May – Depart 5.00 pm – Return 5.30 pm

CRUISE NUMBER DEPARTURE 5 PM # DAYS RETURNS 5.30 PM DESTINATION
SA64/10 04. Dec 10 3D/3N 07. Dec 10 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA67/10 18. Dec 10 3D/3N 21. Dec 10 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA2/11 08. Jan 11 3D/3N 11. Jan 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA5/11 22. Jan 11 3D/3N 25. Jan 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA8/11 05. Feb 11 3D/3N 08. Feb 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA11/11 19. Feb 11 3D/3N 22. Feb 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA14/11 05. Mar 11 3D/3N 08. Mar 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA17/11 19. Mar 11 3D/3N 22. Mar 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA20/11 02. Apr 11 3D/3N 05. Apr 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA23/11 16. Apr.11 3D/3N 19. Apr.11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA26/11 30. Apr.11 3D/3N 03. Mai 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA28/11 08. Mai 11 3D/3N 11. Mai 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang
SA29/11 12. Mai 11 3D/3N 15. Mai 11 Hin Deang / Hin Muang

KOH PHI PHI & KOH HA CRUISE
3 Days / 2 Nights – 11 Dives
July to September – Depart 7.30 am – Return 5.00 pm

CRUISE NUMBER DEPARTURE 7.30am #DAYS RETURNS 5.00PM DESTINATION
SA30/11 01. Jul 11 3D/2N 03. Jul 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA33/11 09. Jul 11 3D/2N 11. Jul 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA34/11 13. Jul 11 2D/1N 15. Jul 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA37/11 21. Jul 11 3D/2N 23. Jul 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA38/11 25. Jul 11 3D/2N 27. Jul 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA41/11 02. Aug 11 3D/2N 04. Aug 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA42/11 06. Aug 11 3D/2N 08. Aug 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA46/11 17. Aug 11 3D/2N 19. Aug 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA47/11 21. Aug 11 3D/2N 23. Aug 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA50/11 29. Aug 11 3D/2N 31. Aug 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA51/11 02. Sep 11 3D/2N 04. Sep 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA54/11 10. Sep 11 3D/2N 12. Sep 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA55/11 14. Sep 11 3D/2N 16. Sep 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA58/11 22. Sep 11 3D/2N 24. Sep 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa
SA59/11 26. Sep 11 3D/2N 28. Sep 11 Phi Phi / Koh Haa

RACHA NOI & RACHA YAI CRUISE
2 Days / 1 Night – 7 Dives
July to September – Depart 7.30 am – Return 5.00 pm

CRUISE NUMBER DEPARTURE 7.30am #DAYS RETURNS 5.00PM DESTINATION
SA31/11 04. Jul 11 2D/1N 05. Jul 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA32/11 07. Jul 11 2D/1N 08. Jul 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA35/11 16. Jul 11 2D/1N 17. Jul 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA36/11 19. Jul 11 2D/1N 20. Jul 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA39/11 28. Jul 11 2D/1N 29. Jul 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA40/11 31. Jul 11 2D/1N 01. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA43/11 09. Aug 11 2D/1N 10. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA44/11 12. Aug 11 2D/1N 13. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA45/11 15. Aug 11 2D/1N 16. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA48/11 24. Aug 11 2D/1N 25. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA49/11 27. Aug 11 2D/1N 28. Aug 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA52/11 05. Sep 11 2D/1N 06. Sep 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA53/11 08. Sep 11 2D/1N 09. Sep 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA56/11 17. Sep 11 2D/1N 18. Sep 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA57/11 20. Sep 11 2D/1N 21. Sep 11 Racha Yai / Noi
SA60/11 29. Sep 11 2D/1N 30. Sep 11 Racha Yai / Noi

 

 

Richelieu Rock

This beautiful rock offers spectacular diving experiences due to its richness in aquatic life, from Guitar Sharks all the way down to the little Sea Horses. Located some 20 kilometers to the southeast of the Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock can fulfill all your liveaboard diving dreams. This is by far the best dive site in these waters, including the rest of Thailand, though its reputation stretches even further to the entire globe. As a diver, you’re in for the sensation of a lifetime!

Richelieu Rock is covered with all kinds of thick layers of corals, so much so that in places its even hard to see the rock beneath them. As the limestone horse-shoe shaped pinnacle slopes abruptly down to the sandy bottom, the corals increase in size and colour formations. On the south side, the site slopes gently to deeper waters where the small caves created will give the more adventurous diver exciting swim-throughs. The center of the pinnacle provides beginners with shelter from any difficult conditions they have not yet been trained to manage.

Such difficulties may include currents, which can get quite strong as Richelieu Rock dive site is, for the most part, completely exposed. Nevertheless, the rich aquatic life and frequent, fascinating views of Whale Sharks and Manta Rays, bring live aboard divers back to this site time and time again.

 

Richelieu Rock Dive Site Details

Recommended live aboard diver certification: Beginner

Maximum depth: 35 meters

Visibility: 20+

Temperature: 27+

Divesite marine life: around the dive site one finds many kinds of Snappers and Trevallies, Blue Powered Surgeon Fish, Sea Horses, Cheveron Barracudas, Turtles, and many types of Moray Eels such as the Shy Dragon or the Giant Yellow Edged Moray and the Zebra and Honeycomb Morays, as well as Guitar Sharks. Here you can find nearly all kinds and colours of coral reef fish, like Butterfly Fish, Angel Fish and Groupers.

 

More Outer Similan Island Dive Sites

Koh Tachai

A further 20 kilometers to the north of Koh Bon our luxury liveaboards will sail you to the island of Koh Tachai. This island boasts the paradise white sandy beaches you have been dreaming of and really is the place to visit, particularly if you are a fan of night diving.

The dive site is made up of a series of submerged pinnacles and many boulders, making for excellent swim-throughs. It is mostly famous for sightings of visiting Whale Sharks and Manta Rays but further for the vibrant life that dwells beneath the water.

Koh Tachai is divided into two different kinds of dive sites. The Koh Tachai reef and the Koh Tachai Plateau.

Koh Tachai reef is the sheltered part of the dive site and makes for easier diving when the currents are too powerful. Mild currents here make for a slow drifting dive experience for all diver certification levels. Diving in the later part of the afternoon provides you with the opportunity to see a vast armies of aquatic life rising out of its shelter and playing around the magnificently coloured and widely varied corals.

Koh Tachai Plateau, on the other hand, makes for a more exciting, but also more challenging scuba diving adventure due to its strong currents. The Plateau consists of many sizes of granite rocks and rich gardens of soft and hard corals. In fact the garden on the Plateau itself, with its many shades of coloured corals, is by far the most spectacular in the area.

Currents in this dive site can be quite strong in the Plateau, sometimes making it simply impossible to dive, and rather mild in the reef, where the currents run from south to north.

 

Koh Tachai Dive Site Details

Recommended live aboard diver certification: Beginner

Maximum depth: 35-40 meters

Visibility: 20+

Temperature: 27+

Divesite marine life: home to a variety of Sea Fans, Anemonies, Sea Sponges and Feather Stars, Huge Napoleon Wrasse and schools of Bannerfish and Fussiliers, Koh Tachai is often by Yellow Tail Baraccudas and Whale Sharks. One also finds Octupus, Cuttlefish and a myriad of corals all around.

 

More Outer Similan Island Dive Sites

Deep Six

Deriving its name from its great depth, Deep Six boasts massive boulders laid on top of each other, creating a maze of caverns and areas to swim through. This really is the place to fine tune your buoyancy skills during your liveaboard scuba diving adventure in the Similan Islands.

Deep Six Similan Islands Map Islands 4 5 6 7As you swim away from the boulders you can drop down to depths of almost 50 meters, encountering a variety of fish and aquatic life. The best thing about this divesite is the Kuhl Sting Rays and the nearly extinct and rarely seen Andaman Sweetlips, which you can only see here.

Enjoy your dive, swimming with gentle Leopard Sharks and see the most fascinating colourful Mantis Shrimps.

Currents here change depending on the flow of the tide and they can are likely to pick up, nudging you away from the boulders; if you need shelter from the storm just head for the eastern part of Deep Six.

 

Deep Six Dive Site Details

Picture of a Mantis Shrimp at Deep Six divesite in the Similan Islands
Recommended live aboard diver certification: Advanced or higher

Maximum depth: 40-50 meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Visibility: 20+ meters

Divesite marine life: Plenty of small creatures like Harlequins, Pipefish, Octopus, Banded Sea Snakes, Nudibranches, Mantis Shrimps in the protected areas under the boulders, and Kuhl Sting Rays, along with Barracudas, Groupers, Snappers, Sweetlips and, last but not least, Leopard Sharks.

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Scuba Adventure Boat Specifications & Technical Information

General Information Safety Facilities
Length 23 meters

Emergency First Aid
Beam 5.5 meters Dan Oxy Vac Kit
Tender 1 Inflatable Large O2 Cylinder
Main Engines 2 x 320 Hp 22 Life jackets
Fuel capacity 15,000 L 25 Person life raft
Generators 1 x 30 Kw 1 x 40 Kw Cabin Types Available
Compressors 2 x electric Comp 5 Twin cabins with AC
Nitrox Blending Panel 2 Double cabins with AC
Fresh Water 9,000 L Each cabin has its own air-con unit and fan
Communication

Portholes in the lower cabins providing natural lighting
Cellular Phone Entertainment
Mobile Phone TV
VHF Video
Citizen Band Stereo
Navigation Library
Radar Facilities
GPS 4 Toilets / Showers
Sonar  

 

Boat Layout Scuba Adventure Liveaboard Thailand

 

1 – Diving platform
2 – Diving area
3 – Salon
4 – Galley
5 – Staff cabin
6 – Shower/toilet
7 – Guest cabin
8 – Sundeck
9 – Bridge
10 – Engine room
11 – Captain’s cabin

 

 

Breakfast Bend

This is the perfect Similan Islands dive site to begin your scuba diving adventures. Jump from our Liveaboard yacht charter into crystal clear waters and gently descend down to 25 meters, where you will encounter scattered rock formations and beautiful soft corals with many Sea Fans, all gracefully complementing each other to create a living garden of colors.

Similan Islands Map Islands - Breakfast BendBreakfast Bend coral reef is for the most part only 5 meters deep, which allows for beginner scuba divers to exercise their newly acquired skills and become acquainted with the Similan beauty that further awaits in deeper divesites.

Currents in this divesite are usually fairly quiet and allow for easy diving. The center of the divesite however, tends to split into two currents pushing north and south. Here you have the opportunity to decide which current you wish to ride, as the north stream will float you up to another site, the North Point, and the south stream to more shallow waters.

 

Breakfast Bend Dive Site Details

Breakfast Bend  Walking Octopus - Similan Island Divesites
Recommended live aboard diver certification: Beginner or higher

Maximum depth: 35 – 40 meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Visibility: 20+ meters

Divesite marine life: Sweetlips, Snappers, Fusiliers, Bat Fish, Yellow-tail Barracudas, Green Turtles, Octupus, Ghost Pipe Fish in the extended reef, and Garden Eels, many kinds of Trigger fish, as well as Clown Trigger fish, swim together with Leopard Sharks in the sandy bottom of the divesite.

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Scuba Adventure Prices

PRICES 2009-2010

SIMILANS, KOH BON, KOH TACHAI & RICHELIEU ROCK CRUISE
November to May

DAYS / NIGHTS
DIVES
PRICE
4 / 4
14
28,700 Thai Baht
5 / 5
18
37,700 Thai Baht

HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG CRUISE
December to May

3 / 3
10
18,000 Thai Baht
KOH PHI PHI & KOH HA CRUISE
July to September
3 / 2
11
17,000 Thai Baht
RACHA NOI & RACHA YAI CRUISE
July to September
2 / 1
7
11,000 Thai Baht

 

Prices Include Prices Do Not Include
Transfers to and from your accommodation Alcohol & Soft drinks
Towels Marine National Park Fees
Freshly cooked buffet meals Diving courses
Snacks, fruits, drinking water, coffee, tea Rental equipment
Tanks, Torches, weights & weight belts  
Divemaster supervision  
2 FREE NITROX Dives per day  
   

Equipment Rental

Full set of equipment per day

750 Thai Baht

 

 

Koh Bon West Ridge

Fun Diving in the Simlan IslandsTo the north of Similan Island number 9 lies Koh Bon island, famous for the massive Manta Rays swimming around its waters. As most other islands around Koh Bon are made of granite, this little island’s limestone outline is a stunning change from the surrounding scenery.

On the southeast side of the island there is a cliff which slopes down into the water almost vertically from the surface, thereby forming a wall of 33 meters. This levels off to a ridge filled with corals before it drops down to over 40 meters. This whole ridge features gardens of beautiful soft corals with an array of blue, yellow and turquoise colours, not usually seen in other dive sites. This makes Koh Bon a spectacular dive site with rare offerings to quench your diver appetite.

Koh Bon is also a spectacular divesite to visit for your liveaboard night diving. This is Lobster central, but bear in mind you are here to just look, not to catch your dinner!

As the dive site bay is sheltered, quite often there are no currents. However on the southwestern side two currents join together to create a rather unpredictable flow, making this site both exciting and exhilarating to the experienced diver. If you find yourself struggling against the currents, just hide round the corner.

 

Koh Bon West Ridge Dive Site Details

Recommended live aboard diver certification: Advanced Diver

Maximum depth: 35-40 meters

Visibility: 20+

Temperature: 27+

Divesite marine life: with currents transferring a wide variety of nutrients, much aquatic life is attracted to this site, including the Manta Rays mentioned above and also Reef Sharks and a large variety of Barracudas, Tuna fish and Trevallies. Within the cracks and around the ridge you will find Pipefish, Octupus, Nudibranches, Manta Shrimps, Cuttle Fish and all colour shades of Cowrie shells. Also Lobsters at night.

 

More Outer Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Colona VI

Thailand Liveaboard Diving MV Colona VI Built in 2000 and locally constructed, MV Colona VI provides you with all the comforts you will need for your live aboard diving trip. She has been sailing smoothly for 8 seasons and is one of our most popular boats, with many customers returning to sail with her time and time again.

MV Colona is a wooden hull live aboard vessel. Neat and tidy, there is plenty of space for diving safely in the dive deck, where 14 divers and 2 guides are easily and comfortably accommodated. The diving deck is in fact organised to provide individual tank holders for each diver with ample space for storing your other equipment. All the tanks are filled on the spot by experienced and certified crew. Nitrox is also available on this vessel and there are tables beside the tank storage area for storing your computers, including a fresh water tank, for rinsing computers and cameras in particular.

She has 6 twin cabins and 1 double cabin all fitted with air condition, electric sockets (no need for pin adapters as these are international, working at 220 a.c.) fridge, cupboard space for your personal items and a large panoramic window to gaze at the stars at night and the turquoise waters in the morning just as you open your eyes to a new day.

Meals in MV Colona VI include both Thai and European cuisine, with a variety of delicacies to please all pallets. Colona VI runs a buffet, which effectively means that you can eat to your stomach’s content.

Tired from a hard day’s diving you can relax in the upper deck with free coffee, tea and water or you can order a beer, wine or soft drinks at a small charge. Cushions all around offer a sense of home in Colona VI, while you watch a DVD or listen to your favourite CD tunes. There is also an on-board library should you feel inclined to expand your horizons in-between dives.

 

Itinerary

NORTHERN CRUISE
4 Days at The Similan and Surin Islands
14 Dives -4 Days & 4 Nights

Sunday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Overnight traveling to the stunning Similan Islands.

Monday
Diving for 3 days around the Similan Islands. In the late afternoon there you have a chance to visit island number 4 for one or two hours. The fourth dive is a night dive, in Donald Duck bay at island number 4. Overnight stay is in a cozy secluded bay. The best time to relax and enjoy a DVD or read your favourite book.

Tuesday
The fifth dive is at the Similan Islands, followed by onward travel to Koh Bon for Dives 6 and 7. The eighth dive may be either at late afternoon under the sunset sky or in the night at Koh Tachai. Stay on board overnight at Koh Tachai.

Wednesday
Dive number 9 is again at Koh Tachai, followed by a trip to the spectacular dive site of Richelieu Rock where dives 10 and 11 take place. Dive number 12 will again be at Koh Tachai in the sunset or at night time in Koh Bon. Following this, Colona VI travels back to the Similans with an on board overnight stay in one of the Similan islands.

Thursday
Dives number 13 and 14 take place at the Similan islands.Return to Patong Bay. Liveaboard trip ends with disembarkation at 6 pm.

 

SOUTHERN CRUISE
2 Days at Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi
7 Dives – 2 Days & 2 Nights

Friday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Overnight traveling to the most stunning dive sites of the South, famously known as Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.

Saturday
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang exploration over 3 dives. Dive number 4 will either be a sunset dive at Hin Daeng & Hin Muang or a memorable night dive in the famous islands of Phi Phi followed by relaxation on the boat.

Sunday
Dive number 5 is an early morning dive at Koh Bida Nok, followed by dive number 6 at Shark Point dive site. Finally, dive number 7 is at a beautiful macro island called Koh Doc Mai. Liveaboard trip ends with disembarkation in Phuket at 6 pm.

 

SOUTHERN & NORTHERN CRUISE COMBINED
6 Days at The Similans, Surin Islands, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi
21 Dives – 6 Days & 6 Nights

For this cruise simply combine the two itineraries above.

 

NORTHERN CRUISE
6 Days at The Similan and Surin Islands
22 Dives – 6 Days & 6 Nights

Friday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Traveling overnight to the amazing Similan Islands.

Saturday
Dives 1, 2 and 3 are all around the Similan Islands, with the opportunity to visit island number four in the late afternoon. Here takes place dive number 4, which is a night dive in Donald Duck bay. On-board overnight stay in a secluded bay where you can enjoy your evening under the stars, breathing the fresh sea air and smiling at the moon with a cold drink.

Sunday
Dive number 5 is still at the Similan Islands, then traveling on to Koh Bon for dives 6 and 7. The next dive will be in Koh Tachai either at sunset or in the night. Overnight stay at Koh Tachai with a small book and big smile.

Monday
Dive number 9 is again at Koh Tachai, then traveling on to the world famous Richelieu Rock dive site for another 2 dives. Dive number 12 will either be a late afternoon dive at Koh Tachai or a night dive at Koh Bon.

Tuesday
Koh Tachai for dive number 13, Koh Bon for dive number 14 and then back to the Similan Islands. Dives number 15 and 16 at the Similan Islands with the latte possibly being a night dive.

Wednesday
Similan Islands excursions provide further excitement for dives 17, 18, 19 and 20, followed by an afternoon journey to island number eight. If you find you want more adventures on land you can follow our tour guide, hiking to the viewpoint, where you can capture some spectacular shots of the Andaman Sea and islands around.

Thursday
Visit dive sites Shark Fin Reef and Boulder City for dives 21 and 22. Return to Patong Bay, with disembarkation at Phuket around 6 pm.

 

 

Shark Fin Reef

Located southeast of island number 3, Shark Fin Reef gets its name from the three pointy tops of the reef, looking like a shark’s fins, which protrude from the water, when the tide is low.

Detailed Map of Shark Fin Reef - Similan Islands 1 2 3This reef boasts granite boulders as long as 1 kilometer. It has steep walls shaped so perfectly that one would think they were the result of someone’s artwork.

At the edge the reef stretches downward to a sandy 35 meter deep bottom. In the north one finds massive boulders surrounded by small rocks and the waters are a bit shallower. The areas all around these boulders are covered in soft and hard corals and gorgeous sea fans.
This is a well known for its strong currents divesite, particularly at the top of the boulders, where it’s difficult to find shelter. Across the length of the deeper waters of the site however, one can more easily hide from the currents.

Many of our liveaboards will sail you to Shark Fin Reef where you can continue your exciting scuba dive trips, testing your skills and physique against these strong currents, while catching awesome views of vibrant marine life to be found in the site.

 

Shark Fin Reef Dive Site Details

Liveaboard Diving Similan Islands - Giant Moray Eel at Shark Fin Reef
Recommended live aboard diver certification: Advanced or higher

Maximum depth: 35-40 meters

Visibility: 20+ meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Divesite marine life: Boxfish, Humphead Parrot Fish and Napoleon Wrasse, a wealth of fusiliers and Cleaner Wrasse, Giant Moray Eels, Kuhls Stingrays as well as Leopard Sharks

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Scuba Cat Schedule

From November to May MV Scuba Cat is moored in the Similan Islands. Transfers take place from your hotel in Phuket to Tam Lapu resort by the beach, some 90 Kilometers to the north of Patong beach. Here MV Scuba Sport, our transfer vessel, takes you to the MV Scuba Cat Liveaboard. Below you will also find the departure dates for Scuba Sport transfers to Scuba Cat liveaboard. You can stay on board the Scuba Cat Liveaboard as many days as you wish without the need to return to your hotel. In fact, why book a hotel when you can stay on board and be ready for diving the following day.

From May to November, MV Scuba Cat Liveaboard is moored at Racha Yai, with daily Scuba Sport departures.

SCHEDULE 2009-2010
SIMILAN ISLANDS
November 2009 to May 2010
DAYS / NIGHTS
TRANSFER BOAT DEPARTURES
DIVES
2 / 1
Sunday
6
3 / 2
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11
4 / 3
Sunday, Friday
16
5 / 4
Monday, Wednesday
21
Additional days after 6 days
+5
RACHA YAI & RACHA NOI
July 2010 to September 2010
1
Daily
2
2 / 1
Daily
7
Extra Day
Daily
+5

 

 

MV Discovery

Liveaboard Thailand MV Discovery MV Discovery is an original Thai Motor Vessel, built in 1996 and refitted in 2004 with all the necessary facilities and comfort features to make it a pleasurable dive boat. She can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. MV Discovery sails out to the Andaman Sea´s richest dive sites, where you can live out your liveaboard diving dreams to your heart’s content. She also visits the Similan Islands, the outer Similan dive sites such as Richelieu Rock, the Southern Islands, Burma banks and Myanmar´s Mergui Archipelago.

MV Discovery has 8 twin bed cabins. Each cabin comes with air condition, reading lights, pillows, bed sheets, blankets and towels.

The crew on board includes experienced Dive Masters and Instructors who are eager to guide you through the best dive sites showing you all the wonders of the underwater world, both big and small, from nudibranches to whale sharks. A well organised briefing

will inform you of each dive’s details and divers are usually organised into teams of 4 for safe underwater exploration, guided by people who know the sites well. Towards your safety, weather conditions and strength of currents are always taken into account. MV Discovery is run by diving enthusiasts, who are committed to giving you the best liveaboard diving experience you can possibly find in Thailand. Toward this end, there are no time restrictions of 45 minutes per dive on this vessel; dive times start with a lower limit of 60 minutes. In addition to the standard 12lit tanks, for those enthusiastic about staying underwater longer, there are also 15lt tanks on board.

Dive to your heart’s content in the most stunning and rich dive sites of the globe when booking for the best liveaboard offers with Island Cruises in Thailand.

 

Itinerary

Island Cruises offers scuba diving liveaboard adventures with MV Discovery in Thailand, Burma Banks and the Mergui Archipelago.

3 DAY & 4 NIGHT CRUISE
MV Discovery sails to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

3 DAY & 3 NIGHT CRUISE
The Southern Islands of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Ha.

4 DAY & 5 NIGHT CRUISE
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

7 DAY & 7 NIGHT CRUISE
This cruise combines the “3/3” & “4/5” day/night cruises above and may, depending on your choice, include Sea Canoing in the time between the 2 cruises. That is, in the time when the boat returns to Patong Bay to pick up more guests, once the 3/3 cruise is finished.

7 DAY & 8 NIGHT CRUISE
This is a liveaboard diving trip to all the destinations above, including Burma Banks and the Mergui Archipelago (as well as Black Rock).